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Food Lion now lets you pay for your groceries on your phone

Louis Villanueva of Charlotte heads to his car after shopping at the Park Road Food Lion in Dilworth on April 7.
Louis Villanueva of Charlotte heads to his car after shopping at the Park Road Food Lion in Dilworth on April 7. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Now you can pay for your groceries on your phone at Food Lion.

The Salisbury-based grocer said Wednesday that it accepts mobile payments via Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay at all of its nearly 1,100 stores.

The grocer also said it has completed its “chip-and-pin” rollout, meaning all of its stores now accept new chip-and-pin credit and debit cards, which are meant to be more secure.

“Customers asked us to make grocery shopping easier and more convenient and this new payment process is another way we are helping our customers speed through the checkout line,” said Greg Finchum, senior vice president of retail operations.

It’s the latest example of grocery store chains investing in new technology, as grocery competition has heated up. Some chains are also renovating stores to attract customers.

Harris Teeter and Wal-Mart have invested in initiatives such as home delivery and in-store pickup, while Food Lion has said it’s spending $215 million on renovations at 142 of its Charlotte-area stores.

Food Lion is the No. 2 grocery chain in the Charlotte area by market share, according to sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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